Donated dollars help county’s at-risk kids

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of columns submitted by agencies served by the Jackson County United Way.

It’s Jackson County United Way campaign fundraising time, so hopefully this annual countywide plea has caught your attention and prompted some consideration.

On behalf of Child Care Network: thanks to the Jackson County United Way Team for diligently seeking funds to support “we” partner agencies; and, thanks to those who have shared part of your income to help neighbors, those in need and our community as a whole.

What happens with a contribution?

At Child Care Network, allocation dollars help to sustain the agency and thus allow the local, grass-roots organization to address specific, identified county needs like:

Providing 36 trained volunteers also known as Court Appointed Special Advocates to 65 of 138 abused and neglected children in Jackson County. Obviously, more volunteers are needed to help our most vulnerable citizens find a safe and permanent home.

Establishing a prekindergarten program at Brown Elementary School that qualifies for the On My Way Pre-K Pilot scholarship grants. Twenty-two children attend this high-quality early childhood education program and will enter kindergarten in August 2016 “school ready”.

Planning the 19th annual Kids Fest (scheduled for April 23, 2016) so more than 600 parents-grandparents-guardians can learn about the various children’s services offered in Jackson County and 500 children can celebrate a Day of the Young Child.

If you haven’t donated to the Jackson County United Way in the past, know that “new” contributions allow the Jackson County United Way to double your gift via the Indiana Association of United Ways.

Child Care Network has received such “bonus” dollars the past several years for the “Jump Start to School Success” programs in Brownstown and Seymour. Kindergarten teachers and parents cherish the summertime Jump Start program as it helps acclimate five-year old children to a full-day of learning.

Child Care Network is focused on improving the lives of children. A contribution to the Jackson County United Way is one way you can support our passion or the mission of another partner.

Janice Read is executive director of Child Care Network Inc. Send comments to awoods@